[Update] Peter Hajas Stops Work on MobileNotifier But ‘Can’t Say Why’ [Cydia]


Update 3: Click here for an updated story that confirms Peter’s employment with Apple.

Update 2: It appears Peter Hajas has been confirmed to be working for Apple. One of his tweets from a few weeks ago, via Redmond Pie:

@brittaahh I’m glad you like it. I’ll see what I can do I will be back for a few weeks, then I’m off to work in CA at a “fruit” company.

Just as I thought. It can’t get any clearer than this. Well done, Peter.

Update 1: It appears Peter Hajas is now working for Apple. Thanks to commentor Bunty for reminding us of Steve Jobs’ speech at Standford, where he refers to the farewell message in the last edition of Whole Earth Catalogue, that read:

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

This is the last line in Peter’s blog post below. Either Peter was hired by Apple, or recently got a job by a company bought out by Apple. There’s only one company that can make people keep their mouths shut–that’s Apple.

Steve goes on to say this has been his mantra. Boom.

Fast forward to 13:50 below:


Two days ago, we first reported that popular notification tweak MobileNotifier had surpassed 230,000 downloads by the jailbreak community. We reviewed this notification tweak back in late February (he released beta4 in early May) is very impressive.Peter Hajas, the creator of the tweak had developed something beautiful and innovative.

Surprisingly, out of nowhere, Peter posted on his blog today he is taking a break from MobileNotifier effective immediately:

I’m taking a break from MobileNotifier and Widge for a while. I have other opportunities and priorities currently. I won’t be able to do much (if any) work on the projects, and I won’t have time to respond to many Tweets or emails. The project is in capable hands, with Kyle Adams, Tim Novinger and others (like Marc Easen) keeping things going. This is definitely not goodbye.
I can’t say why, but it’s worth it. Trust me. If you look around hard enough, you’ll probably figure it out.
I hope you guys understand, and I look forward to bringing you more awesome, great, free open source software in the future. Stay tuned for some amazing things!
If you absolutely must get in touch with me, send me an email.
Until then, stay hungry and stay foolish.

Now, the interesting part of Peter’s post was the cryptic line about why he can’t say why he’s stopping work on MobileNotifier, but if we look around we’ll figure it out. Now, here’s the fun part–we get to speculate on where he’s going:

1. He was hired by Apple and has direct involvement with iOS 5. We might see his work next week at WWDC?
2. iOS 5 rumours of new push notifications have either killed the need for his tweak, or is a direct conflict of interest.

On twitter, Peter mentions he’s a full time college student. He will also be attending MyGreatFestUSA next year (we’re sponsoring MyGreatFestUK 2011!), and MobileNotifier, which has been open source since its inception is still in great hands.

Why do you think Peter suddenly stopped support for MobileNotifier?


  • Dennis

    Simple… Apple has him.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve corresponded with Peter Hajas a couple of times, and he is absolutely brilliant. Innovative, intelligent, revolutionary–everything Apple would want in a person. My speculation: hired by Apple, will not be working on iOS 5, but more likely iOS 6 on “under the hood” notification developments. Remmeber, Kyle Adams was responsible for the UI designs. 

  • Urby

    There was/is a lot to be desired in MobileNotifier but I find it amazingly useful in conjunction with Lockinfo, and the idea is certainly perfect. Android got this part of the OS right, and I’m glad that great people like Peter figure out how to solve problems like this on iOS. 
    Good luck in all your future endeavours! 
    And yes, I think he’s with Apple now, in a better place 🙂

  • “Bangkok has him now.” – Hangover Part II 

  • bunty

    “Stay hungry and stay foolish” is from Steve Job’s speech at Stanford. That says it all about what he wants to say but can’t. 

    Here’s the YouTube link to the speech:

    The above speech is definitely worth a watch and makes you respect the guy for what he has gone through in life.

  • My dear Watson, you’ve put the clues together. I’ve seen that speech, but didn’t see that line. WINNING.

  • alamarco

    I just hope they improve Mobile Notifier if they do integrate it into iOS. It was a good idea, but had some flaws. My biggest gripe is how the list took up the entire screen. So going into the multi-task bar would have a list take up your screen instead of your current app or your wallpaper. Even if you had no notifications it would show up. Very un-iOS-like.

  • Anonymous

    @4467d13959cb82c0b0f8d469b8080801:disqus : How were you able to get Lockinfo to play nicely with this?

  • bunty

    🙂 It’s just a guess deduced from all the evidence in his note. It could be a false lead too. Time will tell:)

  • That’s because he’s been offered a large amount that’s why.